STRONG MARKET: David McInnerney, Combarngo, Surat, took advantage of good prices to sell.
STRONG MARKET: David McInnerney, Combarngo, Surat, took advantage of good prices to sell. Sarah Dionysius

Roma saleyards show off for Governor-General visit

THE Roma saleyards put on a good show for the Governor-General, his excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, who made a special visit to the Tuesday store sale.

Cattle prices remained high and the onset of rain did not deter sellers with a total of 6507 head consigned on the day.

Sellers David and Carmel McInnerney, Combarngo, sold their charolais-cross steers to return $1759.

"I've only really just started selling this year,” Mr McInnerney said.

"When the prices get up there you sell them.”

Mr McInnerney said he knew he had to go to sale while the cattle were still fetching high prices.

"I've been watching some of them sell and the prices are every bit as good as last week,” he said.

"It's all just supply and demand.

"I don't know how long it's going to stay there because the overseas market is cutting back.”

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Lynne Cosgrove with councillors at the Roma saleyards.
Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Lynne Cosgrove with councillors at the Roma saleyards. Sarah Dionysius

Mr McInnerney didn't get the chance to speak to the Governor-General but there were a number of sellers who did.

Sir Peter said he was pleased to see prices so high at the sale.

"I was going around to people at the saleyards and asking them if they were buying or selling,” he said.

"They would reply 'we're selling' with a big smile on their face. I got this answer from a few people and then I went up to these two blokes and they said 'we are just looking'.

"Turns out they were buying. You can't please everyone either the price is high and the sellers are happy or the price is low and the buyers are happy,” he quipped.


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